Summer 2022 Conference

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The Arkansas School Psychology Association invites you to join us for Summer ASPA 2022! Join us on June 9th and 10th to learn about school safety and suicide prevention from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm (CST). 6 hours of NASP and ADE  approved CPD are available for each day!  

Who: Karen Curtner, Rich Lieberman & Scott Poland What: School Safety and Suicide   Prevention 
Where:  Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro Campus (Presentations)  
3707 Harrisburg Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72404 

Westside Middle School (tour on June 9th)
1800 AR-91, Jonesboro, AR 72404 
When: June 9th – 10th 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
How much: $160 for both days

Schedule*
June 9th: 
7:30-8:30: Registration 
8:30-8:45: Welcome: President Michael Watson 8:45-10:30: Keynote Address: Karen Curtner 10:45-11:30: Tour Westside 
11:30-1:00: Lunch (on your own) 
1:00-4:00: Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman  (School safety and Risk assessment) 

June 10th: 
7:30-8:30: Check-in 
8:30-11:30: Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman 11:30-1:00: Lunch (on your own) 
1:00-4:00: Scott Poland and Rich Lieberman 

*Schedule is subject to change. 

Speaker information:

Karen Curtner, Ed.d.:

Dr. Karen Curtner has worked in public education for 37 years and has currently served as the Assistant Superintendent for the last 12 years  for Nettleton Public Schools in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her former administrative experience includes serving as Director of Success Achievement  Academy, and Principal at Westside High School after serving as Principal at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her teaching  experience includes teaching Family and Consumer Science at Brookland High School and Douglas MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro,  Arkansas. 

Throughout her career, she has received the Educational Leadership Outstanding Alumnus Award from Arkansas State University, the Arkansas  Association of Elementary School Principals Distinguished Award in addition to being selected as one of Northeast Arkansas’ Most Fascinating  Educators. She has served on A-State's College of Education Advisory Committee developing partnerships with international students and  working with teacher education and principal programs. She has served over the years on the Advisory Board for Project Lift for Mid-South  Health Systems, Crowley’s Ridge Development Council Board of Directors, the Arkansas Association of Alternative Education Board, and the  Advisory Board of Action for Kids in Northeast Arkansas. 

Due to her experience, she has been interviewed by local, state, and national radio, newspaper, and television networks and has made  presentations at state, national and international conferences in Japan, China, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Illinois, Nevada, and  Washington D.C. concerning school violence. She shares school safety and lessons learned with administrators, teachers, counselors, parents,  students, police departments, school resource officers, and special operations.  She earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Arkansas State  University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science from Harding University and an Associate of Arts Degree from  Crowley’s Ridge College. She holds a license as a middle level and secondary teacher in addition to certification as a Principal, Curriculum  Specialist, and District Administrator.

Scott Poland, Ed. d, NCSP: 
Scott Poland, Ed.D, NCSP is a Professor at the College of Psychology and the  Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office for NSU Florida in  Fort Lauderdale, FL. And he is a licensed psychologist is an  internationally recognized expert on school safety, youth suicide, and  school crisis prevention/intervention. He has authored or co-authored six  books and many chapters and articles on these subjects and has served  as a legal expert in several lawsuits. He also authored the Suicide Safer  School Plan for the state of Texas, the Crisis Action School Toolkit-Suicide  for the state of Montana and the Florida STEPS School Toolkit for  Educators to Prevent Suicide. He previously directed psychological services  for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas for 24 years and is a past President of  the National Association of School Psychologists. He has testified about  the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four  occasions. He has received many awards including being named the most  outstanding psychologist in Texas. Dr. Poland also has received the  Houston Wage Peace Award and the Parkland Helping the Community Heal  Award. 

Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP: Richard Lieberman MA, NCSP is a Lecturer in the Graduate School  of Education at Loyola Marymount University and a Lead Suicide  Prevention Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of  Education. From 1986- 2011 he coordinated Suicide Prevention  Services for Los Angeles Unified School District. He has co-authored  numerous book chapters, articles and curricula on suicide  prevention in the schools; consulted nationally with districts and  communities experiencing suicide clusters; served on the Steering  Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and  contributed to the SAMHSA Preventing Suicide and SPRC/AFSP After  a Suicide school toolkit, and the AFSP & California Department of  Education’s Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy. 



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